An auction of dozens of decorated fibre glass models of animation character Gromit the dog, the long-suffering canine companion of the cheese-loving inventor Wallace, including one by Gerald Scarfe entitled Watch Out Gromit!, has raised more than £2m for Bristol Children’s Hospital. Gerald Scarfe’s dog raised a wonderful £50,000.
Some rarely seen illustrations by Gerald Scarfe including this one of Michael Gambon and Alan Ayckbourn can currently be seen as part of the National Theatre’s Lampoon exhibition at the Olivier Exhibition Space in the main building, London SE1. The exhibition tells the story of the National from the early 1900s to today through cartoons and caricatures, satirical swipes from diarists and records from the National’s own archive. It is open daily until 5th January 2014.
Gerald Scarfe’s cartoon for the Sunday Times, published the weekend before her funeral, seemed to strike a chord and has proved his most popular for some time with both the public and media, with many requests for its use, as well as our best first week sales for prints.
Gerald’s iconic drawing of Margaret Thatcher as the ‘Torydactyl’ inspired David Martill, a Portsmouth University palaeontologist, to name the newly discovered cousin of the pterodactyl after him. The new pterosaur species has been called Cuspicephalus scarfi, because the fossil’s unusually pointy head reminded Dr Martill of the cartoon.